PF opens inquiry into fake news involving candidates

The application of research opening was made by the Attorney General of the Republic, Raquel Dodge.
20/10/2018 13h53 - Updated 20/10/2018 13h53
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Luciano Nascimento – Agency Brazil

The Federal Police (PF) introduced today (20) inquiry to investigate the dissemination of messages by WhatsApp relating to candidates for president.

The application of research opening was made by the Attorney General of the Republic, Raquel Dodge. She wants PF narrow the possible use of professional scheme by the campaigns, for the purpose of spreading false news, as chamadas fake news.

This week, newspapers published articles under which digital marketing companies, funded by businessmen who support the presidential candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, would disseminating content in thousands of application groups.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) Also sued, after action brought by the candidacy of Fernando Haddad (PT) On thursday (18).

To rebut the charges, by Twitter, Jair Bolsonaro said he did not have control over voluntary support and said that the PT is not being harmed by fake news, but the "truth".

Substances of newspapers pointed a network of contractors to carry out the mass shooting.

contracts, that would reach R $ 12 millions, They are banked by businessmen close to the candidate.

For the prosecutor Raquel Dodge, the possible interference picture in the formation of opinions of voters with operations of these companies with messages that can characterize offenses to two candidates "affront to the integrity of the electoral process".


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